BRIAN KEITH SHORES
BORN: 3/14/1967 ROCKFORD, IL. PASSED: SATURDAY JUNE 26 AT JAVON BAE HOSPITAL
PARENTS: DARWIN E SHORES & JANICE H REED
SIBLINGS: LYNNETTE SHORES MARTIN (HUSBAND: HARLAN)
ALLEN E SHORES (WIFE: LOIS)
SCHOOL: HONONEGAH HIGH SCHOOL - ROCKTON, IL
CLASS OF 1985 - COMPLETED GED IN ARMY BASICS
MILITARY SERVICE: US ARMY 101st AIRBORNE - MATERIAL STORAGE & HANDLING SPECIALIST 1986-1989
DECORATIONS: GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL, ARMY SERVICE RIBBON, SHARPSHOOTER BADGE M16 RIFLE, EXPERT BADGE HAND GRENADE, ARMY LAPEL BUTTON & WAS HONORABLY DISCHARGED AFTER TERM EXPIRED.
He served time in Germany, Korea & Honduras. He fondly recounted those experiences; rappelling out of the helicopter, moving the large equipment & some of the shenanigan supplies they requisitioned. Brian was proud of his service, he spearheaded efforts to send care packages to friends and family during deployments in distant parts of the world.
HISTORY: Brian spent his formable years in rural Winnebago County on five acres in Owen Township. He participated with his brother Allen in the N. Main Rustlers 4-H Club activities, projects, camps, county fairs, local youth sports and kart racing. Played adult softball & drank with the guys before he was an adult.
He was the most spirited, last of the 3 siblings. He gave his mother a few gray hairs and wore that badge respectfully. She equally gave him a run for his money, might be chasing him through the big kitchen in heaven & over the open dishwasher door.
He spent his adult life in the New Jersey area mostly working in the field of Cable Installation, but dabbled as a cook, taxi driver & Veteran Hot Dog Vendor on the Cape May shoreline. All of these positions allowed Brian to enjoy conversation with the general public, which he enjoyed tremendously. Cable installation brought him back home three years ago, but he was lastly delivering for Grub Hub & enjoyed this tremendously.
Returning to his home community three years ago allowed siblings to better know each other as adults, rekindle school friendships and reunite with family and friends. Brian reunited with Aunt Kathy, her children while out East, visited cousins in Colorado after previous generation conflicts distanced the family. He felt a kindred spirit with this part of our family.
He enjoyed sports radio and watching or listening to the Chicago Cub games. He had a bucket list wish to attend a game in Chicago, sadly he was never able to complete that. If you go to a game, watch or listen to one, think of Brian, I bet he is in the stands for every game now. Brian was an early techie, when his parents bought him a Commodore 64, Circa: 1982. Brian knew people near and far with the access to early chat rooms, he kept those connections alive for his entire life via the newest technology.
FAMILY: Even though Brian never found true love, he enjoyed family with his nieces Justine, Paige, Riley, nephew Jacob, his great niece & nephews Genevieve, Ellison & Avon. He spoiled many with unexpected gifts, Genevieve will fondly remember him for bringing donuts to the house.
PREDECEASED: By both parents and leaves behind his faithful cat Mufasa or Mu-Mu, who is adjusting to his new home with his sister, Lynnette.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE: SATURDAY AUGUST 14TH FROM 2-5 PM - VFW MILITARY HONORS AT 3PM.
CASUAL OPEN HOUSE & YARD TO SHARE FOND MEMORIES
THE MARTIN RESIDENCE: 11502 CEDARBROOK - ROSCOE, IL 60173
ADDITIONAL PARKING AVAILABLE IN ROBERT J. CROSS MEMORIAL PARK, OUR BACK
YARD IS NEAR THE SAND VOLLEYBALL COURTS ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE PARK
& WILL BE IDENTIFIED WITH AN AMERICAN FLAG.